10 Rules for a Happy Marriage

When we first got engaged, Mom and Dad Brugman passed along these words of wisdom to us.  They had received “The Rules” on a poster when they first tied the knot, and we figure they must have served them well because they’re still happily married after 35 years come this June!  Now, as an early tribute to their big anniversary, we’re sharing the rules with you.  Enjoy! (#2 and #6 are favourites of theirs):

1) Never both be angry at the same time

2) Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire

3) If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate

4) If you must criticize, do it lovingly

5) Never bring up mistakes of the past

6) Neglect the whole world rather than each other

7) Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled

8) At least once every day say a kind or complimentary thing to your life partner

9) When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness

10) Remember it takes two to make a quarrel

So there you have it.  And if you ever hear Chris and Jaime shouting at one another…call the Fire Dept. immediately 😉

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One thought on “10 Rules for a Happy Marriage

  1. I agree with all except 7! Sometimes a good rest is exactly what you need. You wake up the next morning and can’t remember why you were so upset. Then you realize it a) Didn’t really matter anyway and b) Was probably fueled by the fact that you were tired and therefore grumpy!

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